Foxwoods Resort Casino will once again be the epicenter of the poker world as the prestigious World Poker Finals (WPF) and hugely popular World Poker Tour (WPT) return to New England this fall. This prominent three-week event attracts the game’s biggest stars, throngs of amateurs, thousands of fans, national television cameras and an expected total prize pool of $15 million, consistently one of the top five prize pools on the WPT tour. Last year’s Texas No-Limit Hold’em champion Nick Schulman, the youngest in the history of the World Poker Tour, took home a cool $2.1 million of an overall WPF prize pool of $12.3 million. The poker action gets underway with opening day qualifying on October 25th. The final tables take place on November 16th with the Professional Poker Tour event, followed by the highly-anticipated WPT World Poker Finals grand finale on November 17th, before a live audience, with television cameras rolling from the Travel Channel.“The prestige, participants and prize pool continue to grow each year,” said Terry Chiaradio, newly anointed Director of Poker Operations at Foxwoods. “We’re expecting more than 6,000 entries and based on last year’s winner, it’s anyone’s game.”Foxwoods is a charter member of the World Poker Tour, as well as home to the only WPT-branded poker room in the country. The WPT Poker Room at Foxwoods is the only poker room in New England and is the largest casino based poker room in the country.About FoxwoodsFoxwoods Resort Casino, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, is the world’s largest casino resort with nearly 5 million square feet of exhilarating entertainment, gaming, dining, shopping, and resort experiences, all under one roof. Honored with 32 “Best Of” Awards by the readers of Casino Player Magazine as well as AAA 4-Diamond Awards for both its Paragon Restaurant and Grand Pequot Tower Hotel, Foxwoods is recognized as an incomparable entertainment destination. With more than 50 restaurants, retail shops and nightclubs throughout its airy glass enclosed concourse, every imaginable amenity is available for leisure and business guests. Foxwoods features 1,400 luxury hotel rooms and suites, 55,000 square feet of superior meeting space as well as world class entertainment in its 1,400 seat Fox Theatre. Six distinctive casinos with over 7,000 slot machines, 400 table games, the largest casino poker room in the country at 100 tables, High Stakes Bingo and the Ultimate Racebook, offer visitors the gaming experiences of a lifetime. Foxwoods is the premier resort destination in the Northeast with some of its newest additions being a visually stunning Hard Rock Cafe and a world-class golf destination, Lake of Isles. Recently named as one of the top ten courses in the country by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, these two Rees Jones designed courses offer an incomparable golf experience. A new $700 million development project is currently underway and will add a new 825 room hotel tower and new spa facility, 115,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, more restaurants, nightclubs and retail, as well as a new 4,000 seat Performing Arts Theater. The development project will be completed during the Spring of 2008.Conveniently located only 8 miles from Long Island Sound and Mystic, Connecticut, Foxwoods is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford, Providence and Newport, R.I. For more information call 1-800-FOXWOODS or visit FOXWOODS.com.

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